— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) August 26, 2015
Donald Trump delivered a 50-minute speech to Iowa voters yesterday and received high marks for his address. His delivery came off more like a conversation in front of a small group of people at a dinner.
Trump doesn’t use a teleprompter. He interjects personal anecdotes and glimpses into his life. Trump speaks and talks like an American, not a politician spewing the same empty promises and buzz words, telling anecdotes from planned “visits” to great un-washed.
Trump’s formula: American Pride + Common Words (Street-Level Speech) + Refusal to Apologize + Blasting the Mainstream Media + Eschewing Political Correctness + Projecting Business Acumen = Current Poll Numbers.
GOP consultant Alex Castellanos, who has been extremely critical of Trump and just last week outlined a plan to politically “shiv Trump in the ribs”, gave credit to the candidate for his Iowa speech.
“Never seen anything like this,” Castellanos said. “I mean, let’s give credit where credit is due — brilliant performance. Brilliant marketer. Brilliant salesman and a brilliant leader out there tonight. He wasn’t talking about issues. He’s talking about something much bigger than that. When you fear you’ll lose your country, when you have a problem — you want a leader as big as his fears. And that’s what he did tonight. He stood up there as big as a house. And that’s what people are attracted to. Small, a small vote, not in critical times. You want a big vote. Now, he’s not a Republican. He’s not a Democrat. He is not anything we’ve ever seen before. He is like unicorn or Haley’s Comet – a rare thing that never comes by. He’s a Trump. So really don’t know what he will be tomorrow because he was completely different yesterday. He was a Democrat yesterday. Today he is a Republican. But a masterful performance from a brilliant, brilliant political presenter.”